30 days! Wow, that felt like a long time. There were some things I liked about going Zero Carb, and there were some things I hated. Though I was thrilled to get rid of the worst of my pre-diet symptoms, I was disheartened to develop new ones. Though I discovered some plant-free meals I absolutely loved, there were many I couldn’t stomach. So it was a very mixed experience. However, in the end, I believe that going Zero Carb was a net negative for me, so I will not continue with it.
One huge issue for me is that I was just not able to eat enough calories, particularly since my body seems to have a very hard time with large amounts of fat. At the end of this trial, I weighed 118 pounds, a loss of 15 pounds. Yikes. Maybe a 5 pound loss would’ve been okay, but 15 is just way too much, especially since it came about from not eating enough.
Looking over my food diary and my notes, I actually ended up sticking with Zero Carb for 37 days. I then transitioned to a Keto diet for about 10 days. My hope was that my body would be able to better handle other sources of fat (like nuts, for example), which would allow me to up my calorie intake. However, due to worsening new symptoms, I’ve since (about 5 days) switched over to Paleo and have reintroduced some carbs from fruits and veggies.
As of right now, my pre-experiment symptoms are still gone. Yes!!! Thus, I highly suspect those original symptoms were caused by the grains that Paleo avoids. Additionally, the new symptoms that arose during Zero Carb / Keto also seem to be subsiding–if not completely disappearing–as well. So I’m quite hopeful!
I think this whole Zero Carb experience has still been worthwhile, even if only as an elimination diet. However, I have no intention of ever doing Zero Carb again. If your body can handle fat better than mine, you’ll likely fare better than me on it. If you understand different cuts of beef and know how to braise them beforehand, you’ll likely enjoy this diet far more than I did! Seriously, braise cheap cuts of beef. If you take anything away from this blog, let it be that. =)
Zero Carb Diet Results
- The Healing – My original symptoms (incessant diarrhea, horrible bloating, and skin rash)… completely gone!
- The Simplicity – I quite liked (and looked forward to!) eating the same two meals for every breakfast and lunch. This made cooking, shopping, and eating a breeze. And if I had known about braising beforehand, I might’ve even enjoyed dinner, too.
- New Symptoms – I had all kinds of nausea due to fat, culminating in one night where it honestly felt like I had food poisoning: shakes, chills, feeling overheated, diarrhea and wanting to vomit at the same time, and thinking I might even pass out. Additionally, there were many, many days where it felt like my stomach was constantly full of acid. I couldn’t sleep on my right side because it was so uncomfortable. And, towards the end of the trial, I’d often burp up this burning sensation that tasted awful. Huge negatives.
- Keeping Track of Food Stats – I know a lot of people don’t have to do this on Zero Carb, but since I struggled with getting enough calories, this was a must for me. All I know is that I am so tired of weighing meals and calculating grams and calories, and I never want to do it again. I will not miss that!
- Extreme Weight Loss – Don’t know that others would experience this. Again, I think this was due to my inability to handle fat and get sufficient calories. But this is a concern to keep in mind when considering this diet.
Table of Contents
Intro / Background
Quick Recaps / Takeaways
- Symptoms Reflection After Week 1
- Cooking Reflection After Week 1
- Symptoms Reflection After Week 2
- Cooking Reflection After Week 2
- The Keto Flu (Days 1 and 2)
- Gotta Eat More Fat: Hamburger with a Spoon! (Days 3 and 4)
- The Cold and Endless Half-Pound Burger (Day 5)
- Even Baby Lambs Go Number 2 (Day 6)
- Insatiable Satiety? Unhungry Hunger? (Days 7 and 8)
- Can’t Be the Histamines! (Days 9 and 10)
- Fish and Fishy Research (Days 11 and 12)
- Bacon!! Well, Not Exactly… But Still… Bacon!! (Day 13)
- Short Ribs Causing My Patience to Run Short (Day 14)
- Cheese and Cheesy Research (Days 15 and 16)
- Out of Gas (Days 17 and 18)
- Warm Butter Water (Days 19 and 20)
- Dreading Dinners (Days 21 through 26)
- Braising to the Rescue! (Days 27 and 28)
- Broth from Braising Better than Butter Water (Day 29)
- Chives! Final Day of the Zero Carb Trial! (Day 30)